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The out-of-production Mitsubishi Lancer EVO was famous in the 1990s and 2000s as an iconic rally legend—until it retired from production. Now, performance enthusiasts have reason to get excited, as a new report indicates that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is set to make a comeback.
The Lancer EVO first took the rally world by storm when it launched in 1992. Featuring a bold exterior, a light body, and plenty of spirit under the hood, the Lancer EVO was an instant classic that still holds a special place in the hearts of drivers worldwide.
The decision to focus more on efficient and versatile SUVs led Mitsubishi to end production of the Lancer EVO in 2016. And while the choice was sound from a business standpoint, it disappointed everyone, nonetheless.
Now, the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO seems to be poised for a triumphant return, according to a new report. Made possible by the alliance between Mitsubishi, Nissan, and Renault, the all-new Mitsubishi Lancer EVO would be a welcome return to the Mitsubishi lineup. Reports indicate that the all-new Lancer would share the same platform as the next-generation Renault Megane RS and would feature a potent 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
While we don’t have a clear idea of when the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO return would be, it gives us plenty to get excited about in the meantime. Check out our selection of other New Mitsubishi models here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi in the meantime.
We were all heartbroken when we learned that Mitsubishi was ending production of the Lancer Evolution permanently. However, there is a silver lining. Mitsubishi has auctioned off the last production Lancer Evolution to raise money for charity.
The Final Edition Evo is powered by a turbocharged DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine rated at 303 horsepower—the most powerful mass-produced Evolution ever built.
Mitsubishi only produced 1,600 of its Final Edition Evolution model and the US1600 car went to the online auction block on eBay. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Feeding America Riverside & San Bernardino and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
Over the course of seven days, 15 bidders from across the country battled it out to keep the highest bid. In the end, the Final Edition sold for $76,400.
Nicole Suydam, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, said, “Too many people in our community are forced to make hard choices between rent and food, or medicine and food. Mitsubishi’s auction of the final Lancer Evolution will make a big difference in the lives of so many men, women and children who look to us for support every day. We are very grateful for their generosity.”
Here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi, we are sad to see the Lancer Evolution go, but are proud to see Mitsubishi donate this iconic vehicle to such a great cause.
Last year, Mitsubishi announced the Lancer Evolution X would go away, to the chagrin of many performance car enthusiasts and some of our customers at Don Robinson Mitsubishi—but it isn’t gone yet!
Before the automaker gives it the final send off, it’ll be building a limited amount of Lancer Evolution Final Edition models—and the first market lucky enough to sell them is Japan.
Only 1,000 models will be built and sold there, but several more will be made for specific markets like the United States and Australia. We can’t wait to see what this special edition EVO will have here in the U.S.
Under the hood, it’ll have the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, producing 291 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, but with sodium-filled exhaust valves instead.
Other goodies include Recaro seats, Brembo high-performance brakes, 18-inch BBS wheels, a dark chrome front grille, and black leather and red stitching inside.
According to Mitsubishi, it won’t stop building the regular 2015 Lancer Evo X until all of its Final Edition models are sold—so maybe we can get them to keep making it by leaving one of them unsold! We hope the Lancer Evolution will be around for a little while longer!
Take a bow, Lancer Evolution. You’ve had a great run over the years but your time has finally come. That’s right, after the 2015 model year the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, staple sports car of the brand, will be withdrawn from the manufacturer’s starting lineup. The Lancer Evolution is leaving big tire tracks to fill and they’re only enlarged by the final model’s impressive specifications.
The final Lancer Evolution model will see an all-out play in the form of the Evo GSR, fully equipped with a whole bundle of a speed fanatic’s fantasy. The GSR races off into the sunset with 473 horsepower under the hood, tearing up the track beneath its 19-inch wheels. To compare, the standard model puts out 291 horsepower, which is nothing to be scoffed at but doesn’t compare to the tire burning power of the GSR.
No new Evo model is set to take the reins, at least not for a couple of years anyway. Suspicion suggests that the replacement will be a hybrid but there is no confirmation on that just yet. After ten generations, we can only bid the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution farewell as it drives off into the distant sunset.
Get your hands on one of the last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution sports cars here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi!